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The promise of Beyoncé’s fifth album has been lingering in the air for quite some time, and “The Queen,” as her fans lovingly nicknamed her, has been oddly quiet about it.

Beyonce (Wikipedia).

Beyonce (Wikipedia).

There have been no song leaks, and little to no gossip surrounding the album, leaving everybody curious as to what the album may contain. Until now.

Early on the morning of December 13, Beyoncé released her new album on iTunes, which was a surprise for everybody–critics and fans alike.

Her fifth album, self-entitled “Beyoncé” is, above all else, a visual album, boasting 17 videos and only 14 songs.

Beyoncé mentioned in a statement released when the album dropped that the album was released this way for a reason.

“I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans,” she said. “I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

She also said that the inspiration to make the album especially appealing to the eye came from how she herself relates to music.

“It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual…a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies.” she said.

A wide percentage of the general public can relate to this, making their own personal connections to music that they enjoy.
Some of the songs included on “Beyoncé” are “Pretty Hurts,” “Haunted,” and “Blue.”

The first song of the album, “Pretty Hurts,” is a modern take on a classic R&B beat, with a very relatable message about the costs that come with wanting to be “pretty.” This track is poignant without being depressing.

“Haunted” is very catchy, with a bouncy beat and slightly dark lyrics that go together wonderfully, like something you might hear in a Tim Burton movie. It boasts an explicit warning on the iTunes website, and is very, for lack of a better word, Beyoncé-esque; it is perhaps my favorite song on the album.

“Blue,” which features Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, contrasts beautifully with songs like “Haunted” and “Blow”–the latter of which seems to be tailored specifically for a club playlist.

“Blue” is like a letter from Beyoncé to her daughter in song-form, with a softer tone than one would expect. It features violins and pianos, and a cameo in the video from Blue Ivy herself.

All in all, the album feels very complete, with a wide variety of enjoyable songs that speak to a wide number of people. It is definitely on my wishlist, and you should check out the 30-second video previews of her album on Youtube, if you are interested in her album.

And you should be.

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